Report on MH370 points at 4-hour gap before search for plane

Written by | May 1, 2014 | 0

Air traffic controllers failed to notice for 17 minutes that the ill-fated Malaysian jet had gone off the radar and did not activate a rescue operation for nearly four hours, according to a preliminary report on the mysterious disappearance of MH370 released today.

The two details were outlined in the much-anticipated report by Malaysia’s Transportation Ministry released to the public nearly two months after the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 disappeared.

The report was earlier sent to the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the UN body for global aviation.

At 1:21 am (local time) on March 8, the plane — carrying 239 people – including five Indians, an Indo-Canadian and 154 Chinese nationals – disappeared from radar en route to Beijing.

It was not until 17 minutes later at 01:38 am that air traffic control in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, asked its Malaysian counterpart where the plane was.

Then came a nearly four-hour gap — from the time when officials noticed the plane was missing to when the official rescue operation was launched.

Kuala Lumpur Rescue Coordination Centre (KLRCC) was activated at 05:30 (local time) after all effort to communicate and locate the aircraft failed.

The report gives no explanation for what happened during those four hours, other than to say that Kuala Lumpur contacted Singapore, Hong Kong and Cambodia.

The report was accompanied by audio recordings of verbal exchanges between the cockpit of the plane and air traffic controllers and documents pertaining to the cargo manifest.

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